(BEIRUT) LATEST: Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader declared for the first time on Monday that his powerful militant group has 100,000 trained fighters #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.21: In the worst street violence the city has seen in years. The confrontation erupted over a long-running probe into last year’s massive port blast in the city…..

#AceDailyNews says according to CBN report Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah disclosed the size of the Shiite group’s militant arm in his first speech since seven people were killed in gunbattles on the streets of Beirut on Thursday —

His speech appeared to be meant as a deterrent to domestic foes following the nation’s worst internal violence in years.

It is difficult to verify the 100,000 fighters figure as Hezbollah is largely secretive. If true, it would be larger than the size of Lebanon’s armed forces, estimated at about 85,000.

The speech came at a time of heightened tension in Lebanon over the clashes and the course of the investigation into the Aug. 4, 2020 blast in which over 215 people were killed.

“We have prepared (those fighters) with their diverse weapons to defend our territory, our oil and gas that is being robbed before the eyes of Lebanese, to protect the dignity and sovereignty of our country from any aggression (and) terrorism and not for internal fighting,” Nasrallah said.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Oct.21: 2021:

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#AceNewsServices – BAHRAIN:Jan.02 – Clashes between riot police and demonstrators have erupted in Bahrain for the fifth day in a row as the activists demand the release of Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of the largest Shiite opposition party in the Kingdom.

Police used tear gas to disperse a crowd following a rally that started after prayers at Manama’s Mumen mosque.

“Dozens of people… including women and children, were arrested,” Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement. Arabic news sources also reported injuries.

READ MORE: #BahrainSchism: Anti-govt protests break out after arrest of Shia opposition leader

The protest movement demands the release of the opposition leader of the Al-Wefaq party. Before the Thursday’s rally in the capital, protests centered on the villages surrounding Manama.

Salman was arrested on Sunday and charged with seeking to overthrow the ruling Sunni family. A number of countries including the US and Iran have expressed concern over the detention of the opposition leader.

A Bahraini protestor takes cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman (on the poster) on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

A Bahraini protestor takes cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman (on the poster) on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

The country’s Interior Ministry have banned further protests scheduled to take place on Friday, as Bahraini security forces continue suppressing the Shiite-majority population. Bahrain’s leadership has relied heavily on other Sunni monarchies in the Persian Gulf, including Saudi Arabia.

OP-EGDE: ‘Arrest of Shia opposition leader endangers Bahrain’s stability’

Bahrain has been accused by human rights groups for brutally clamping down on protesters, with the government in Manama using harsh counter-terrorism laws to prosecute human rights activists.

A Bahraini protestor runs for cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman (on the poster) on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)


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#AceNewsServices – BAGHDAD – Nov.09 – Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured the heart and outlying districts of the town of Beiji, home to the country’s largest oil refinery, state television and a provincial governor said Tuesday AP reported.

Retaking Beiji, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, could allow Iraqi forces a base to attack neighboring Tikrit, taken by the extremists in their lightning advance this summer.

But troops backed by Shiite militias faced pockets of stiff resistance around Beiji, hindering their advance.

The top army commander in Beiji, General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, was quoted by state television as saying that troops had recaptured the city’s local government and police headquarters.

The town is home to the country’s largest oil refinery. Retaking Beiji could allow Iraqi forces to use it as a base to attack neighbouring Tikrit, which was taken by the extremists this summer.

It’s also a morale boost for Iraq’s security forces.


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#AceWorldNews – IRAQ (Baghdad) – Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq’s majority Shiite community on Monday, killing at least 33 people, the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government as it battles the Sunni-led insurgency by the Islamic State group.

A suicide bomber hit a mosque in Baghdad as Shiite worshippers left after noon prayers, killing 17 people, while a triple car bombing in the holy city of Karbala killed 16.

Iraq has been plunged into its worst crisis since the U.S. troops left at the end of 2011 in the wake of the blitz by the Islamic State militants this summer.

The extremists group captured large chunks of land in western and northern Iraq, carving out a proto-state on the  territory it controls between Syria and Iraq and imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah.

Since August, U.S. war-planes have been carrying-out air-strikes against the group as Iraqi and Kurdish security forces work to retake territory it has seized.

In Baghdad, the bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in a commercial area in the city centre after midday prayers Monday, killing at least 17 people and wounding 28, a police officer said.

In Karbala, three separate car bombs went off simultaneously, killing at least 16 people and wounding 41, another police officer said.

The city, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Baghdad, is home to the tombs of two most revered Shiite imams and the site of year-round pilgrimages.

The explosives-laden cars were parked in commercial areas and parking lots near government offices, the officer added.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to media.



#baghdad, #iraq, #islamic-state, #karbala, #shariah, #shiite, #syria


#AceNewsServices – KUWAIT – October 19 – Islamic State is a fraud, and the Islamist organization is selling Muslim women to Jews, according to Kuwaiti Shi’ite cleric Imam Saleh Jawhar.

The coalition to fight ISIS is a fraud and ISIS is selling Muslim women to Jews, according to Imam Saleh Jawhar.

The coalition to fight ISIS is a fraud and ISIS is selling Muslim women to Jews, according to Imam Saleh Jawhar.

In a video released by MEMRI, The Middle East Media Research Institute, Jawhar can be seen making the remarks in a recent sermon in Kuwait.

“Even if we accept everything else – what kind of religion allows the capturing of a Muslim woman, and on top of that, allows her to be sold to a Jew?!” the cleric asked in the sermon entitled “The False War on ISIS [Islamic State].”

Jawhar pointed to Islamic State’s successes in the northern Syrian town of Kobani as evidence that the US-led coalition’s fight against the extremist Islamist group may not be real.

“Today, on the northern border of Syria, all those countries are fighting ISIS, yet ISIS has managed to capture that city [Kobani]… Is this conceivable? Or perhaps there is a premeditated scenario at play here,” he said.

“It was reported that ISIS members had managed to survive the air strikes by starting fires and generating black smoke that concealed them. But [the coalition] has cameras, and can even smash through rocks, and see through cave walls, so how come they cannot see through some smoke?” he queried.



#islamic-state, #kuwait, #kuwaiti, #memri, #middle-east-media-research-institute-memri, #muslim, #shiite

SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Court Sentences Shiite Cleric Nimr al-Nimr to Death for Sedition and Disobeying the Rules ‘

#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA – October 15 – A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr to death, AFP reported.

A protester holds up a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, against the cleric's arrest

A protester holds up a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, against the cleric’s arrest

The anti-government protest leader had been convicted of “sedition,” according to his brother and lawyer.

The court also found Nimr guilty of disobeying the kingdom’s rulers and taking up arms against security forces. Nimr, in his 50s, who had been on trial since March 2013, was a driving force behind 2011 protests against Saudi Arabia’s Sunni authorities.



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‘ Middle East is Ruled by Militias That Have Risen Since Arab Spring ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – October 14 – Embattled governments in Iraq and Syria have come to rely on Shiite militias as their armies have crumbled in the face of mostly Sunni insurgents and rebels.

In Libya, various armed groups loosely allied with two rival governments have fought over bullet-riddled airports.

Shiite rebels in Yemen have swept down from the north, capturing the capital and, on Tuesday, a key port city.

The chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring has led to the rise of powerful militias – including many Islamic extremist groups – across a Middle East where many central governments have been exposed as weak.

Some of the groups are allied with the governments, while others are fighting to topple them.

Some – like the Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq – are seen as vital allies for the West.

All could prove to be major obstacles to peace or stability in the region.



#arab-spring, #iraq, #kurdish, #middle-east, #peshmerga, #shiite, #sunni, #syria, #yemen

YEMEN: ‘ Bomb Blast at Shiite Gathering Kills Forty Two People Including Children ‘

#AceNewsServices – YEMEN – October 09 – At least 42 people, including some children have been killed in the capital of Yemen, Sanna, according to medical officials.

The deaths occurred after an explosion hit a Shiite gathering in the city, however the officials say the death toll could still rise as a number of the injured are in a critical condition.

The blast happened as hundreds of supporters of the rebel Houthis group began to conglomerate in the centre of the capital.

They were demonstrating against President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s choice for new prime minister, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, according to AP.


#houthis, #shiite, #yemen

ISLAMIC STATE: ‘ Jihadist’s Plan to Dominate the World by Stealing Nuclear Technology ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 06  – An alleged policy plan of the Islamic State outlines some chilling, if unrealistic, plots of the would-be terrorist state, including bribing Russia with access to oilfields in exchange for nuclear technology, and digging a canal across the UAE.

ISIS grand plan: Bribe Putin for Iran’s nuclear secrets  Isis militants have plans to establish bases across ‘Arab lands’ (AP)

ISIS grand plan: Bribe Putin for Iran’s nuclear secrets
Isis militants have plans to establish bases across ‘Arab lands’ (AP)

The document reported by Britain’s Sunday Times is believed to have been written by Abdullah Ahmed Meshedani, a member of the highly secretive six-man war cabinet of the terrorist group, which wants to build an Islamist state, or caliphate, in parts of Iraq and Syria.

It was captured by Iraqi special forces during a March raid on the home of a senior Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) member and confirmed as authentic by Western security officials.

The 70-point plan provides an insight into the grandiose, if somewhat far-fetched, strategy aimed at undermining Shiites in the Arab world and Iran as that branch of Islam’s powerhouse nation.

One of the goals listed in the documents is to offer Russia access to oilfields in Iraq’s Anbar province in exchange for Moscow severing ties with Tehran and sharing secret nuclear technology known to Iran with the IS.

The bribe is also meant to convince the Russian government to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad and ally with Sunni states of the Arab Gulf in their confrontation with Iran and Syria. 

A security source familiar with the document told the newspaper, “Nothing shocks Western governments these days in relation to ISIS and its fanatical aspirations.

We have known and feared  for some time that they want to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons… So when you place their future aspirations against their current achievements, this document which purports to be the group’s manifesto does stop and make you think.”

Another bizarre plan to undermine Iran’s power-base involves building a canal across the United Arab Emirates “like the Panama Canal in America’s hands,” which would allow oil tankers travel to and from the Persian Gulf, bypassing the Iran-controlled Strait of Hormuz, the newspaper reports.

Sources: The Sunday Times – RT – AP  


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IRAQ: ‘ Reports from the Front-Line Against Islamic State’

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ – October 04  – The Iraqi army has recaptured the town of Dhuluiya, located about 75 kilometres north of Baghdad, after numerous attacks by Islamic State (IS) insurgents, who are in control of large swathes of northern Iraq, Reuters reports.

The rare victory for the Iraqi army was partly brought about by the help of the influential Sunni al-Jubouri tribe, which has fought against IS militants with the support of Shiite fighters from a neighbouring town.

But in other Sunni towns north of Baghdad, IS militants have aligned with local militias who distrust Iraq’s Shiite-led government.

US-led forces have started bombing IS targets in Iraq and Syria in the hope that this will help government and Kurdish forces in Iraq and moderate Sunnis in Syria recapture territory seized by the Islamic State.


#baghdad, #iraq, #islamic-stateis, #kurdish, #shiite, #syria

‘ Bahrain’s Opposition Shiite Movement Gear up for Protests Ahead of Parliamentary Elections ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAHRAIN (Manama) – September 30 – Bahrain’s opposition movement paralysed traffic on the main streets in the country’s capital Manama, RIA Novosti reports.

Largely made up of Shiite citizens, the opposition burned tires and poured oil on the city’s main streets.

'Bahrain Opposition Blocks Central Streets in Manama'

‘Bahrain Opposition Blocks Central Streets in Manama’

In order to prevent accidents, the police blocked access to certain areas in the city centre.

The opposition movement is gearing up for more protests ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for November 22.

The demonstrators are speaking out against the government’s decision to abolish one of the country’s provinces, distributing the election polls among other provinces.

' Protests in Manama in 2011 '

‘ Protests in Manama in 2011 ‘

The demonstrations in Bahrain have not ceased, since the uprising in 2011 followed by the crackdown backed by Saudi-led Gulf troops.


#bahrain, #manama, #shiite

' Yemen's State-Run TV Building on Fire After Mortar Fire – Hundreds Trapped Inside'

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – September 20 – Yemen’s state-run television building caught fire on Saturday, with hundreds of employees trapped inside during three-day clashes between Shiite Houthi rebels and the Yemeni army on the outskirts of Sanaa, Reuters reported.

Yemen TV building ablaze amid mortar fire in capital

Yemen TV building ablaze amid mortar fire in capital

The building is close to a number of other governmental facilities.

Mortar fire was reported during the confrontation that has escalated after the weeks-long Houthi protest.


#houthi, #shiite, #yemen, #yemeni

YEMEN: ‘ Government and Shiite Muslim Houthi Rebels Sign Agreement to End Crisis ‘

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – September 11 – Yemen’s government and Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels signed an agreement Thursday to end a crisis that has seen weeks of protests, Reuters said.

Houthi demonstrators have been blocking the main road to the capital Sanaa’s airport and holding sit-ins for weeks at ministries in an attempt to oust the government and restore fuel subsidies.

A member of the government’s negotiating team said that the agreement includes a further reduction of fuel prices and the formation of a new government.


#houthi, #muslim, #rebels, #saana, #shiite, #yemen

AFGHANISTAN: ' Iraqi Security Forces and Shiite Military Break Six-Week Siege Imposed by Islamic State on Town of Amirli '

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Baghdad) – August 31 – Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, following U.S. air-strikes against the Sunni militants’ positions, officials said with AP reporting.

Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at dawn Sunday and the forces entered the town shortly after midday.


#afghanistan, #baghdad, #iraqi, #islamic-state, #shiite, #turkmen

' Child Soldiers of ISIS Recruited to Fight in Iraq and Syria Prepare for War '

#AceWorldNews – July 03 – Sunni ISIS jihadists are recruiting children as young as 10 years old to fight for an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. While there are boys who voluntarily join the ISIS, there are many more who are being forced to fight for jihad.

A 10-year old boy called Abdullah is the youngest known volunteer fighting with the ISIS in Iraq’s Mosul, according to The Daily Beast. It describes the moment of Abdullah casually walking into a local grocery store. This would be a common picture, except that the boy was masked and had a heavy machine gun, “about as big as him.”

Abdullah is reportedly hopeful about the prospects for the ISIS.

“We believe they will conquer all of Iraq and Persia and that they will liberate Jerusalem,” a gunman, who the news website assumed was responsible for the boy, said. “They have a dream and their dream is to establish an Islamic state.”

ISIS that has seized large parts of northern Iraq is, according to different estimates, between 7,000 to 10,000 fighters.

(ITN Reported 25 June 2014 ) – Gun-toting children paraded through the streets of Mosul in Iraq yesterday. An ITV News video shows an ISIS convoy travelling through the city, with the militants showing off the weapons and vehicle they seized as the Iraqi army fled.

The footage shows two small boys, one armed with an assault rifle, which has a telescopic sight attached. Humans Rights Watch says that in Syria, ISIS has already recruited young children as ‘snipers’ – this could be an indication that the Iraq conflict may see the same.

Extremist Islamist groups like ISIS are said to have targeted children for recruitment by providing military training in school settings through free schooling campaigns, that include weapons training and giving them dangerous tasks, including suicide bombing missions.

Human Rights Watch who have interviewed children who fought with groups such as the Free Syrian Army, the Islamic Front coalition and ISIS, says the militants have used children as young as 14 in support roles. Report by Claire Lomas.

HRW – The 31-page HRW report titled "Maybe We live and Maybe We Die" also documents the experiences of 25 children and former child soldiers in Syria’s armed conflict.

The rights group interviewed children who fought with the Free Syrian Army; the Islamic Front coalition; the extremist groups ISIS and al-Nusra Front; as well as the military and police forces in Kurdish-controlled areas.

Some of them fought in battles, acting as snipers, manning checkpoints, spying on hostile forces, treating the wounded on battlefields and ferrying ammunition and other supplies to front lines while fighting raged, our children die!


#iraq, #islamic-state-of-iraq-and-greater-syria-isis, #shiite, #sunni, #syria

` Explosion in Shiite Village in Bahrain Kills Two People and Wounds a Third in Bomb Attack ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAHRAIN – April 19 – The explosion was in the mostly Shiite village of al-Maqshaa, outside the capital Manama, according to the Interior Ministry’s Twitter account, as Reuters reports.

It added that the car had signs of explosive substances inside.

The explosion killed two people and wounded a third. In recent weeks Shiite villages in Bahrain have seen several explosions, with a bomb attack in March leaving three policemen killed.

The US ally is still struggling to control the restive Shiite population in Bahrain.


#bahrain, #manama, #shiite

` Bahrain tightens its grip on `Security ‘ following threats by ` Shiite Opposition ‘ to Protest ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAHRAIN – April 03 – Bahrain tightened security on Thursday, as the three-day Formula One Grand Prix was about to get under way, AFP reported.

The move came after the country’s Shiite opposition announced plans of new protests. Police were deployed on Thursday along a main road linking Manama to the Sakhir F1 circuit in the south.

More checkpoints were set up on roads leading to Shiite villages, according to witnesses.

The Grand Prix begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.


#bahrain, #formula-one, #formula-one-grand-prix, #manama, #shiite

` Syrian Army repels attack by `Al-Qaeda ‘ linked Terrorist Group ` Takfiri ‘ on the `Shiite ‘ town of Foeh in Idlib ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – April 02 – (FNA)- The Syrian army repelled an attack by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists on a Shiite town in Idlib countryside in North Western Syria.

The army units supported by local people foiled the raid by the Takfiri groups on the Shiite-populated town of Foeh in Idlib countryside for the third time in less than a week.

Tens of militants have been killed and dozens more injured in heavy clashes with the Syrian army.

Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian army started advance towards a strategic town in the Damascus countryside after regaining control over Felita and Raas Al-Ma’areh on Sunday and Yabroud region earlier in the month.


#syrian, #al-qaeda, #damascus, #idilib, #north-west-syria, #shiite, #takfiri, #tehran

` Russian Foreign Ministry says that the `UN Security Council ' must discuss Alleged Attack by Al-Qaeda on Kessab'

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 01 – The situation in Syria’s Christian majority town of Kassab, which was reportedly attacked by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, must be discussed at the UN Security Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

“The UN Security Council should discuss the situation in Kassab and give it a principled evaluation,” it stated.

On March 21, Jihadists reportedly crossed into Syria from Turkey and seized the town in Latakia province, home to over 2,000 ethnic Armenians.

The attack caused hundreds of local families, mainly Armenian, to flee their homes and seek shelter in the city of Latakia.

SYRIA – April 30 – (TS) – Rebels seized control of Kassab on Sunday after launching an attack two days earlier in the coastal Syrian province of Latakia. The fighters were from an array of conservative and Islamic groups, including the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

The province has an ancient Armenian presence, but is better known as a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad. It is his ancestral home and that of followers of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, that he belongs to.

The clashes led most of Kassab’s estimated 2,000 residents to flee some 57 kilometres to Latakia city, emptying out a village that boasted a Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant church.

“We had to flee only with our clothes. We could not take anything, not even the most precious thing — a handful of soil from Kassab. We could not take our memories,” said a woman to Syrian state television. She identified herself as Kassab resident, but did not give her name.

Middle Eastern News


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Activists have said Islamists have Blown up the Revered ` Shiite Shrine ‘ in Eastern Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – March 26 – Activists said the Islamist fighter of Al-Qaeda splinter group blew up a major Shiite shrine in the city of Raqqa eastern Syria on Wednesday – Reuters.

The mosque was Ammar Ibn Yasser Al-Qami Uys and at one time a popular destination for Pilgrim’s from Iran , Lebanon and Iraq, before that it was controlled by opponents fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The attacks have raised fears of those groups in neighbouring Turkey will be the next target.

Ace News Services


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